What the heck do we call the Koel?

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Subject: What the heck do we call the Koel?
From: "Jeff Davies" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:36:16 +1100
G'day Andrew,

Scolopaceus is the Asian Koel and as you point out it was named by Linnaeus
1758, from a specimen collected in India which is why the attribute
scolopaceus stays with the Asian birds. Orientalis was attributed by
Linnaeus in 1766 to the birds in southern Moluccas, this was the first
described member of what was eventually to become the Eastern Koel.

Cheers Jeff.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Andrew Taylor
Sent: Wednesday, 10 November 2010 6:13 PM
Subject: What the heck do we call the Koel?

Payne seems to indicate Linneaus described Cuculus scolopaceus  from
a Malabar specimen in his Cuckoos book, but Linneaus says they inhabit
Bengal (google books will let you view Systema Naturae).  
Anyway I don't think Dampier was involved.

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